Sept. 11 attacks put Costa Rica in crisis 14 years ago

Just 14 years ago, Costa Rica was in crisis because terrorists had taken over aircraft and used them as missiles in New York and Washington.

The day hardly lives in infamy because there do not seem to be any announced memorial services today. A memorial statue erected to honor those who died in the attacks was itself attacked by vandals stealing its copper material. It has been restored and moved to a protected location.

Those who were not here probably do not know the extent of the misery inflicted on this country by the attacks. Planes were grounded, and no new tourists arrived. Those who were here could not leave, many for up to three days. They were running out of money and places to stay. The impact on commerce and tourism was significant.

Observances are planned across the United States in remembrance of the suicide attacks.  Two of the planes were flown into the World  Trade Center in New York, another hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before reaching its likely target of Washington.

President Barack Obama along with his wife and White House staff will observe a public moment of silence Friday morning on the White House lawn.  In the afternoon, the president will hold a town hall meeting with service members at Fort Meade just outside Washington to talk with those Americans helping to keep the country safe.

Since the deadly attacks 14 years ago, a September 11 Museum has been erected on the site where the World Trade Center once stood, housing artifacts and photographs connected to the attack.

At the Pentagon, the 184 people who died on Sept. 11 are honored with 184 benches over pools of water.

In Pennsylvania, a Flight 93 National Memorial has been built in memory of the passengers and crew members who carried out a sustained assault against the hijackers for control of the plane. That story is HERE!

Nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Shanksville were killed in the attacks.

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